Frid'Eh Update #35 Presented by Orange Motorsports
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The 35th edition of DMX Frid’Eh Update is dedicated this week to National #35, Quebec rider Jonathan Parise. This rising French star finished a very impressive 11th overall in this season’s MX2 class and scored a number of top 10 finishes, including a 7th in moto 2 at Gopher Dunes. I have lost track of how many great riders Quebec has produced over the years, Jonathan Parise looks to be another one.
Parise riding hard at Morden.
It has definitely been a slow week in the world of Canadian Motocross, with Walton and the Nationals over, I think people just need a break before the fall. Down South, the AMA Motocross Series is still wide open with three rounds left, Southwick, Steel City and Pala Raceway. It looks as though the Medaglia Brothers are headed to Southwick this Saturday to do battle. you would think they would want some time off, but obviously not. It will be tough for them to jump into the middle of a series, but their superior sand skills will no doubt serve them well. Good luck boys!
The Medaglia Brothers will be turning some heads this weekend at Southwick.
I did an interview with another cool set of brothers this week, the Allison’s, the second fastest family in Canada. Parker and Jared had a great summer in the MX2 class, they rode hard, and showed that with the little extra support they received from Blackfoot, they could run up front. With another year of experience under their belt, these two will see their share of podiums in 2011.
Another thing the Brothers Allison did this year was get themselves into wicked shape thanks to their trainer Drew Robertson of Evolved Nutrition. Drew has worked with athletes such as Gavin Grayck, Iain Hayden and Kyle Beaton, he is one of the top trainers in the business and is always looking for new clients. This past week Drew has been at Moto Park running the Vitamin Water/ Evolved MX/ Moto Park boot camp for some of top Snocross racers like Iain Hayden, Logan Christian, and Devin Wilson, as you can see in the photos, these guys have been working hard under Drew’s guidance.
Snocross Boot Camp survivors.
Snocross riders are used to walls of snow, not a walls of wood.
Another one of Drew’s old clients Ryan ”Newf” Lockhart has some brand new stuff going on for this winter. The ever resourceful Newf is moving to Kamloops on September 8th to take a position at RTR Motorsports. One of Newf’s new duties will include running RTR’s Arenacross Team this winter in the BC Arenacross Series. Although they haven’t signed any riders yet, look for them to put a winning effort on the track. Newf also told me this week that he threw a leg over a dirt bike this week and began riding again. He said he felt good on the bike, just out of shape! Maybe if he gets his butt in shape he can be one of the RTR Team riders.
I did an interview this week with Canada’s new #6 rider, Mason Phillips. Mason is hanging out in California right now waiting to fly back to his native New Zealand next week. Although he is still bummed that he missed out on a top 5 overall, Mason is already looking forward to coming back next summer to Canada.
DMX: Another season is in the books, how would you sum up 2010?
Mason: I am pretty pumped with everything. I didn’t do amazing but I was always there and consistent, I had some good motos and I salvaged some bad ones, so I’m pretty happy.
How was riding a Kawasaki all summer?
It was good, I only had one DNF all year and that was at Walton. I basically had 5th locked up, but lost it with the DNF. I really liked riding the KX 450, it was a great bike and other than the motor blowing up in Walton, I had no problems with it.
What were some of your highlights of the summer.
Well, on the bike it had to be finishing on the podium in Edmonton, for some reason I seem to do good at that track. Off the bike, it would have to be just the travelling around Canada. I just love Canada, its a lot like home, just bigger.
When do you head back to New Zealand and what are your plans when you get back.
I fly back on September 4th, next Saturday. This season in NZ I will be riding for the factory Kawasaki Team so I’m really looking forward to that. I have a few races in October and I actually just found out that the first round of the NZ Supercross Championships will be held at my track, so I am super excited about that. It should be a good, busy season of racing in NZ for me.
Will you be back in Canada next year.
Yes, I will be back but not for the same team. I am working on something, I just can’t say what it is right now but, I will be back and I am already looking forward to it.
Ok Mason, thanks for doing this and congratulations on #6. Have a good season back home and we will see you next year.
Thanks for calling me. Please let everyone know that if they want to come to NZ and ride this Winter, just get in touch with me and I can help them out with a bike. Canadians are always welcome in NZ! Talk to you later.
I'm sure everybody is taking it a little easier this week after having the nationals in the bag for another year. One guy who probably appreciates the comfort of his own bed more than anybody is our main photo guy, James Lissimore. After being on the road for the better part of the summer, you'd think he'd be keeping the slate fairly clean for the month of September. Doesn't seem to be the case. Here's James with his two cents for the week.
Well, I don't have a lot to add this week. I did manage to finally get all my images from the Walton Trans Can edited and sorted so if you haven't already checked it out make sure to take a look at my Walton Trans Can photo report: http://www.directmotocross.com/news/mx-photo/2010/08/walton-trans-can-photo-report
All your MX photo needs can be found at Lissimore's site. Check it out.
Plus another helping of Trans Can with this week's Troy Lee Designs Thursday Wallpapers: http://www.directmotocross.com/news/features/2010/08/tld-thursday-wallpapers-2010-walton-trans-can
And with so many classes to cover at the Trans Can I could only really showcase the class winners in my photo report so for everyone else, don't worry I've got tons more photos up on my website, www.lissimorephoto.com
Check out my Walton gallery here and pick up a print while you're at it: http://jkliss.photoshelter.com/gallery/2010-Walton-Trans-Can/G0000a8CCepwU9.4
With two weeks away from the bikes it's time to get back at it this weekend though as I head to Agassiz for the CMA Championships. Looks like there should be a strong pro field with Kyle Beaton headlining things and a host of others looking to steal his thunder. Brock Hoyer is staying with me so it will be good to see the number 19 back in action. For more info check out the CMA website at http://www.canmocycle.ca/
I've got a full plate in the weeks ahead as I'm heading over the Vancouver Island next week to shoot a few different two wheeled activities with newly crowned Canadian Champ, Dusty Klatt so stay tuned for more with that plus he's got a pretty cool cross over activity in the works so that could make for a cool story if things work out. Throw in Colton Facciotti and Jocelyn Killough's wedding, the MXdN and the annual Montreal SX and it should be an exciting fall.
Ok, that's it for me this week....
Things have certainly heated up with regards to the Women's National series so I will turn things over to Angie Parker to fill in some blanks with what is going on.
It has been confirmed by the CMRC that Taylor Miller is the National Champion. Congrats Taylor! CMRC also confirmed that there will be three #1 plates in 2011: Shelby Turner with #1 west, and Heidi Cooke with #1 east. Although, the #1 worn by Taylor may be in a different colour to stand out over the other #1 plates in the women's national.
I have received quite a few emails in regards to the women's nationals, even before posting my last column. I was not at a lot of the races this year, so I listened to what everyone had to say about what happened at the races. I was told by a few OTB readers that the CMRC promised a $10,000 purse and posted that in last week's column. The CMRC told me this week that it never promised a $10,000 purse.
I will write more on this topic in next week's Out of the Blue column. Sorry that's all I have for this week's update. I'm at work right now at Concordia University and am swamped with work to do before school starts Sept. 7.
Thanks to all who wrote and expressed their opinions. And thanks for reading Out of the Blue! Have a great weekend!
Dawn McClintock wanted to chime in a little bit this week to share a few things with us.
Good day all. Steve is taking a much deserved break from the Update this week while he goes out shopping for pants or whatever it is he does in between Bottom Line shows.
Thanks for explaining the Triple Combo #1 deal Angie. Can you biggie size that for me?
To further the topic of the Women's 2010 season wrap-up, we received a letter to the editor from an avid supporter of women's racing.
I feel compelled to write my comments pertaining to a recent situation with the women racers that occurred at the Trans Can GNC at Walton. It was an unfortunate occurrence and something that I feel can be resolved with a few structural suggestions, better communication, and forgiveness to appease everyone affected. I, as a manufacturer, am concerned with the growth of motorcycle ridership because it has a direct effect on my business as well as the overall well being for everyone involved in the sport. It is very a competitive market, especially in Canada living next to an economic superpower, and anything detrimental has a negative affect for all those who love two wheeled sport.
While new male involvement in motorcycling has reached a plateau partly due to the economic conditions, the growth sector is coming from the women and I am compelled to not only nurture the present interest, but to stimulate increased interest from this market. I have been actively involved in womens' racing sponsorship and will do whatever asked of me to help solidify the series that they have now proven they deserve.
Unprofessional and inappropriate statements were made by both parties involved in a verbal conflict at Walton, most certainly in the wrong setting, and I am not interested in dwelling on “he said she said”, my concern is moving forward immediately so as not to impede the series. Heat of the moment comments are always amplified.
Clarity and set rules on what will be consistently paid out to the women at each event, a clear description of their status level so it cannot be questioned again but at the same time reviewed and adjusted according to an increase in talent pool, and a level of recognition closer to the men’s series.
The statement,“Not Pros”, can be argued as a valid comment due to the word Pro National missing from all women’s series correspondence, but to say “You will never be Pros” is an irresponsible, derogatory, insensitive and hurtful thing to say. It is open to criticism as a sexist attitude and it in no way helps to endear the active racers as well as up and coming ones to be enthused and/or loyal to racing and the format in which it currently runs. The series did begin as a support series and the depth pool did justify the named status, but the talent has improved dramatically in the past few years and is now something to be proud of and the increase in the competitive level is reflected by the attention now paid to the motos by the spectators. The initial series was created by a group of seriously talented female riders who can compete with any women and succeed, they too would be angered and hurt by these comments as well. The United States has a deeper talent pool of course and subsequently tighter competition, but there are certainly a dozen women racers who can compete with that field and do not deserve to ever to told they will never be worthy of Pro status.
I do applaud the CMRC for their commitment to offering support getting the series started and if the series continues I would be more than enthusiastic to help in any capacity. The inception was a gamble and the competitive disparity was an initial issue, but that is decreasing every year and Mark Stallybrass has stuck with his commitment to growing the series.
Some of the racers work very hard on the training and promotion and if a stronger effort was invested by the women and other interested parties in acquiring addition sponsors, I believe that would benefit and solidify the series.
My other very serious concern pertains to the pay out at Walton, if it is promised, then it has to be awarded, otherwise the impression is left that the racing was not seriously relevant and that is a slap in the face. The top echelon racers spend a lot of time and money on pre-season training and of course financial reward is not only important, but deserved.
Let’s move on now and take a look at what we all can do to improve this great Racing Series.
Thank you David. I can remember sitting across a desk from Jolene Van Vugt when her, Jessica Foster, Heidi Cooke and Malorie Prochnavy paved the way to get the Women's racing on the national schedule. They fought very hard to make this happen and I hope we can continue to see the sport grow. Respect.
Heidi Cooke, Jolene Van Vugt, Jessica Foster blazed a trail for today's women racers.
I wanted to give a warm welcome to our two new interns from Alberta, Lynsey Hanrahan and Jordyn Hugill. They have been real troopers to go and cover the Xtinction Enduro race for us last weekend, being their first assignment and their first Enduro race. They did a fantastic job on the coverage and were a great help to our contributing photographer, Steve Shannon. Lynsey and Jordyn have a few things in the works we will be featuring this upcoming week. Here is their feature they did on Xtinction. Welcome aboard girls and hold on tight, it can get a little bumpy every now and then. (by the way, anyone who is considering pursuing journalism or photography as post-secondary studies in BC, please drop me a note as Steve kind of liked having some extra help around the track.) firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaking of Xtinction. I hope you had a chance to check out Steve Shannon's report from the weekend. I was telling him today that the landscape is so surreal and almost like riding on the moon. You can check it out here.
The Motocross of Nations will be held in one month's time in Lakewood, Colorado, USA. After much back and forth, we settled on our team of Kyle Keast, Jeremy Medaglia and Kaven Benoit to send down to represent Canada. Despite no official team announcement, today I noticed the entry list slotted Dean Wilson on Great Britain's team on RXI. I know there will be a lot of Canadians waving flags that weekend and I'm sure many will proudly have the old Union Jack in the other hand cheering him on.
Dean Wilson will be sporting the original red, white and blue at MXoN this year.
Magnus Andersson photo
Lissimore and I will be heading down to cover the event and I will be dusting off the old VR equipment to give everyone a good view of the track layout as well as punching out some tweets and keeping you up to date with the results. Team Canada MX has come up with a great way for you to help the boys get there. Join the 300 Club and be a part of it. Here's how it works.
THE TEAM CANADA MX 300
The 64th annual Motocross of Nations takes place September 26, 2010 in Lakewood, Colorado for only it’s 3rd visit to the U.S. Canada’s Team, MX1 #79 Jeremy Medaglia, MX2 #80 Kaven Benoit and MX3 #81 Kyle Keast are all set to represent Canada at the World’s Premier Motocross Race.
We have always wanted our MXON Team to be “Canada’s Team”. While we need and appreciate the support of the motorcycle business community, we feel it is especially important that our Team be supported by individual motocross enthusiasts throughout Canada. Hence our Team Canada MX 300 program.
Team Canada MX supports the travel expenses of the Riders and Mechanics as well as the cost of transporting their Motorcycles and Canada’s pit presence. The riders and their mechanics participate in the event and represent Canada with no remuneration.
THE 300--- Our Team Canada MX 300 Member program will be the key fundraising effort of Team Canada MX. Individuals and business that contribute a minimum $100 to the Team will become a member of Team Canada MX. As a Team Canada MX member they will receive 2 current Team Canada MX T shirts and a commemorative poster (issued every 5 years, our current poster is from 2004 thru 2008). Team Canada MX members will also receive a Team Picture of the current years team at the event.
Our “PATRON” program supplements “THE 300” and ensures our fundraising goals are acheieved.
TEAM CANADA MX PATRON---Become a “PATRON” of Team Canada MX.
Patrons receive 10 current year T shirts and a commemorative poster. They also receive a framed, autographed Team poster. Patrons can be Individuals or Business’s. The donation to become a Patron is $500. Our first patron this year is Schrader’s Motorsport in Saskatoon.
Payments can be made by credit card or cheque made out to MXON Fund and mailed to Team Canada MX, 622794 Motopark Rd., Chatsworth, Ontario, N0H 1G0. For credit card payments call Motopark at 519 794-2434 or email email@example.com
Pretty neat program and we will be working through a system here at DMX where you can contribute to the fund. Stay tuned as we work through a few logistics over the weekend.
That's all I've got Chris.
Thanks Dawn. Well that's a wrap and sorry for the delay getting this live people.